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Certificate in University Teaching



The Certificate in University Teaching is offered to all faculty, part-time/sessional instructors, and staff who are interested in developing their teaching practice and engaging in a community of practice along with their peers in the Ontario Tech University teaching community. The richness of the program is in shared experiences and the new connections that are formed.

The certificate program consists of 14 modules, which include an examination of learning theories, principles of instructional design and Universal Design for Learning, and an exploration into learning technologies. A presentation on personal teaching philosophies and teaching best practices will conclude the program. Each of the 14 modules takes approximatley 3 hours to complete. 

If you are a teaching assistant or graduate student who is interested in the program, please visit our Certificate in University Teaching for Teaching Assistants page.


Program Learning Outcomes:

On the successful completion of the course,  participants will be able to:

  1. Engage in a community of practice through discussion and reflection to critically evaluate teaching practices and classroom strategies.
  2. Use evidence-based teaching practices to design teaching and learning activities that foster student engagement (active learning, UDL, authentic assessment, etc.).
  3. Discuss and apply principles of instructional design including constructive alignment, strategies to promote significant learning and relevant assessment (methods/activities/techniques).
  4. Make informed choices regarding the use of various learning technologies in your teaching practice.
  5. Articulate a personal teaching philosophy based on investigations and analyses of teaching and learning.


  1. Attendance/participation in 10/14 modules. Includes completion of ‘exit ticket’ for each completed module.
  2. TLC observation (online or face-to-face) of your teaching. For those who do not teach in a formal setting, an alternative reflection assignment paper will be required.
  3. Peer observation of teaching (online or face-to-face) outside of your program area (completed between January and end of February). Reflection to be submitted on Blackboard.
  4. Submit a Teaching Dossier/Portfolio.
  5. Teaching Philosophy Presentation.

Schedule 2019/2020

Adobe Connect and In Person sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 *BB = Blackboard (asynchronous), AC = Adobe Connect (synchronous), F2F = In class



Module Title

Delivery Method


Sept 18, 2019 

1. Intro & Good Teaching and Learning Practices

F2F + BB


Sept 25, 2019

2. Learning Theories


Bill Hunter


Oct 2, 2019

3. Mental Health and Wellness in Education


Wendy Stanyon

Oct 9, 2019

4. Instructional Design and Learning Outcomes


Caroline Ferguson 

Oct 23, 2019

5. Universal Design for Learning


Jeanette Oliveira

Oct 30, 2019

6. Assessible Instructional Materials


Caroline Ferguson


Nov 6, 2019

7. Assessment and Effective Feedback


Caroline Ferguson 

Nov 13, 2019

8. Intersectionality and Communication 

BB only Bridgette Atkins & Susan Forbes


Nov 20, 2019

9. Active Learning Strategies


Jeanette Oliveria & Caroline Ferguson

Nov 27, 2019

10. Technology and Teaching

BB only

Bridgette Atkins

Jan 15, 2020 

11. Teaching Dossiers and Documentation of Teaching


Jeanette Oliveira

Jan 22, 2020

12.Signature Pedagogies

BB only


Caroline Ferguson

Jan 28, 2020

13. Finding and Using Open Educational Resources


Campus Library & Jeanette Oliveira 



Feb 12, 2020

14. Teaching Philosophy Presentations


Bridgette Atkins, Caroline Ferguson & Jeanette Oliveira